There are many reasons why organic farming techniques are becoming all the rage, but the most important reasons have to do with preserving people’s health, the animal’s health, and the earth’s health. Organic farmers are as skilled in the use of biological and mechanical controls of insects as conventional farmers are in spraying chemicals. The argument starts because there is no denying that ingesting chemicals are harmful to people. Feeding a kid non-organic apple juice might be like putting Windex in a sippy cup. The word organic refers to a natural method of farming that produces food without using any artificial pesticides, chemicals, or hormones while relying on soil organisms, insects, and birds to keep bugs in check.
Fruits and vegetables are grown chemical-free in a backyard gardens whereas some pesticides are used on fruits and vegetables that are grown organically. Industrial farms have jumped on the band wagon and are turning to pesticide free farming. According to the organic trade associations website, if consumers would choose to purchase only one organic item out of every ten it would provide fifty three million servings of fruits and vegetables harvested without pesticides each day. On the average, twelve different pesticides are what an adult is exposed to when eating conventionally grown fruits and vegetables each day. With those statistics, creating a nutritional garden environment is an ideal way to clean, healthier eating.
The prices of organic food are burdensomely more expensive than the prices of conventional food. Also, merely days after a person purchased his or her organic groceries; the foods have already begun to spoil due to the absence of preservatives in the foods (“Natural and Organic Food”). The disadvantages of conventional farming incorporate foods having a greater level of pesticides present and chances of food-borne illnesses because of the chemicals used in the growing process. The effect of pesticides on human health can include the minor side effects of headaches, nausea, and can increase to the prolonged effects of cancer and reproductive damage (“The Benefits of Organic Food”). However, if one proceeds with caution by researching the foods he or she... ... middle of paper ... ...nventional and organic farming is present in the use of pesticides.
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Factory farms are not only unhealthy and inhumane towards animals, but also have a great impact on the human health. When animals are restrained together, not allowed to move, and a lot of the time injured by factory workers, they become sick and infected with various illnesses. This is the meat American society is consuming on a daily basis; most often unaware of the conditions of where that meat comes from. The amount of meat and dairy products consumed by the average American also is very unhealthy, and it can lead to obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Factory farming also has a negative impact on the environment.
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In fact, organic foods are beneficial to society because of the way they are grown and maintained. “Organic farming is based on the idea of producing healthy, natural organic food, keeping the soil healthy, encouraging and enhancing biodiversity, and using sustainable farming methods,” stated Healthy Eating Made Easy (“What Are 1”). Organic farms do not use synthetic, artificial fertilizers or pesticides on crops; only biological pesticides, pesticides from natural resources, are used. Natural fertilizers include manure and compost to ... ... middle of paper ... ... not only a healthy choice for a single person, but also a choice for future generations and the world. Works Cited Byrum, Allison.
Go back to the older ways. There is always going to be pollution whether it is natural or unnatural. Farmers can help lower the pollution levels some and start helping to make this earth healthy again. Only if the farmers change the way they farm and stop putting those harmful chemicals into the ground. Works Cited Cook, Christopher D. "The Killing Fields."